Attract Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly to your garden by planting a Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in your yard! Swallowtail larvae survive on the leaves of this shrub.
Large 5-7 foot tall shrub that has sweet-scented leaves, eye-catching fruit, and beautiful fall colours. Grows in shade and moist soil. The twigs, fruit, and leaves of this shrub can make a fragrant tea. Tea from the twigs is traditionally used to treat colds and colic.
Spicebush is sometimes called the “forsythia of the wild” because it blooms very early with dainty yellow flowers that attract butterflies and other insects.
Other common names: Northern Spicebush, Allspice
Ontario Hardiness Zone: 4 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)